Man Arrested After Chasing Missed Flight Down Tarmac, Moons Reporters at Court Hearing: Police

Well, most of us can probably identify with the urge (minus the mooning)

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What to Know

  • A 23-year-old man was arrested after allegedly busting through an airport door to chase down a plane on the tarmac after missing flight
  • He was briefly restrained by Ryanair staff until airport police arrived; then he was handed over to Irish police and taken to a station
  • Patrick Kehoe faces a charge of criminal damage to a door lock; he mooned reporters after his initial court hearing

An Irish man who missed his flight at Dublin Airport was arrested Thursday after allegedly busting through an airport door and running after the plane on the tarmac in a bid to flag it down, authorities say. 

Witnesses said the man, later identified as 23-year-old Patrick Kehoe, broke through an airport door and ran toward the Ryanair plane, which was about to take off for Amsterdam, at around 7 a.m. 

Declan Harvey, who was at the airport, said he could hear a man shouting "Wait!" at the plane before he was tackled to the ground by airport workers. 

The airport said that a man became "agitated" after he and a woman arrived at the gate too late for their flight. It said the man "broke through a door and made his way onto the apron, trying to flag the aircraft down." 

He was briefly restrained by Ryanair staff until airport police arrived. He was handed over to Irish police and taken to a Dublin police station. 

Kehoe later appeared in a Dublin court charged with criminal damage to a door lock. He was granted bail until a court appearance in November. 

As he left court, Kehoe shouted abuse and insults at journalists and swung at them with his suitcase, before lowering his pants and mooning bystanders.

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